Terry Whittier Has Died

[Terry Whittier recently passed away. Not many details are known at this time. He had been a fan photographer since 1972, taking pictures of costumes at Westercons, NASFiCs, Worldcons and many other conventions. And a decade ago he regularly wrote letters of comment to File 770. Here, fan artist Taral Wayne shares his memories of Terry.]

By Taral: Well, dammit, more bad news. I got a call today from an artist I know from LA. He’s a furry and made a living after a fashion, as I did at one time. One of his main customers was also a heavy buyer from this artist, and he conveyed the bad news that Terry Whittier had just died. I’d known Terry for a long time, when he used to publish a fanzine called Altair in the 1970’s.

Terry Whittier in the 70s.

He was a big fan of mine and flatteringly compared my work to George Barr. I now realized that Terry had somewhat unsophisticated taste, and that at the time there was no comparison. Nevertheless, we remained in touch through the years, and Terry bought a lot of my work over time.

Terry never made a big name for himself in SF, but moved in larger circles in furry fandom, acting as a patron of the arts.

I didn’t know much about his family, though he had two sisters, but seemed to be a rather private individual as far as such things went. He lived alone. He worked most of his life in engineering, and I believe was a specialist in hard drive design.

Since I began fading out of the picture from furry fandom, I’ve had less contact with Terry, but never completely lost touch. I learned last year that his health had been poor, and then suddenly he had bone cancer, and a pernicious fungal infection in his lungs.

 He arranged to live with his sister as long as his health held out, but from what he told me he wasn’t expected to live more than a year or two. In the end, he died much sooner than that, after only a few months.

That makes it a perfect trifecta. At one time there were three furry fans who I once joked about as my three most loyal fans. All three are gone, now, leaving behind a very spooky void.

Terry Whittier in 1984, taken by Taral while they were touring a US Navy submarine — a museum ship anchored at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Bushyager Novels Available Again

Linda Bushyager reports her two science fantasy novels are being reprinted by Wilder press/Fantastic Books. The first is now available at Amazon.com for $13.99 – Master of Hawks. Linda adds:

The books are in the vein of science fantasy, the sort of thing that Andre Norton or Marion Zimmer Bradley or Anne McCaffrey write. In Master of Hawks, the hero is a telepath who can mind-link with all sorts of birds. His kingdom and several neighboring kingdoms are at war, and he is called upon to be a scout, using his ability to see what the enemy is doing. However circumstances send him into a series of dangerous adventures that he doesn’t expect (or want) to accomplish his mission.

By the way, this is the novel in which a certain fanartist was Tuckerized — made the unseen sorcerous presence who rules the Taral Empire with an iron hand.   

Linda’s novel The Spellstone of Shaltus also will soon be reprinted and made available on Amazon.com.

Linda also has an sf novel, Pacifica, written with John Betancourt, which is available at Amazon.com, Borders.com, and Wildside Press. She says, “It is set in the near future, when a food shortage causes a major corporation to begin farming a new type of algae as a food-substitute, and like the fantasy novels, is a face-paced action-adventure.”

Taral, Tourist Guide

Taral helped LA fanartist Marc Schirmeister see the sights after Anticipation. His good deed, making the rounds with Marc, was rewarded by the discovery of a prime collectible:

Another memorable moment occurred when I browsed the table of a dealer in bubble-gum cards. As a kid I owned a complete set of the centennial year Civil War set, but had long ago (and stupidly) outgrown them. I recovered a few over the years, but despaired of ever owning a complete set. To my surprise he had one for sale, and it was in perfect shape. I won’t mention what he wanted for it — the price was outrageous of course, bur reasonable for what the market would bear. Nor will I go into how I raised the money. I did, and took home with me all 88 glorious pasteboard paintings of men being bayoneted, shot, blown up, impaled, burned to a crisp, and occasionally playing the harmonica.

I collected these, too! The set was published during the Civil War centennial. Most unforgettable of all the cards was the one showing the “wall of corpses” at the Battle of Fredricksburg. I never accumulated anything close to a complete set and the ones I had vanished in the Sixties.

File 770 #155 Posted at eFanzines

Alan White’s cover and Taral’s bacover bookend one of the longest issues in File 770’s history, now posted here in PDF — http://efanzines.com/File770/File770-155.pdf

The 50-page issue is loaded with stories about the late Forry Ackerman, and photos too. Taral provides insightful commentary about the styles and history of all 10 previous Rotsler Award winners. John Hertz contributes his definitive Denvention 3 report. James Bacon muses on the things fandom could learn from Britain’s cosplay balls. Steve & Sue Francis highlight the 9689-mile road trip they took en route to last year’s Worldcon. And I have a number of pieces, including my Corflu Zed report and analysis of the Hugo ballot. 

Hope you enjoy it!

New File 770 Issue
Posted at eFanzines

Cover of File 770 #154Now find File 770 #154 at eFanzines.com.

A cover collaboration by Brianna Spacekat Wu with Frank Wu adorns the issue. The news inside is complemented by Taral’s article about La Dolce Vita of being a fanartist. My Denvention 3 report is matched with Chris Garcia’s autobiographical explanation about “How to Present a Hugo.” John Hertz’ Westercon Notebook covering the con in Las Vegas, is followed with con reports by Martin Morse Wooster, James Bacon and Francis Hamit, and the collected Adventures in Speerology from Patricia Rogers.